Global Corporate Strategist
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How would you describe the world of corporate Strategy to someone aspiring for a career in that field?
corporate strategy takes a portfolio approach to strategic decision making by looking across all of the firm’s businesses to determine how to create the most significant value. In order to develop a corporate strategy, firms must look at how the various business they own fit together, how they impact each other, and how the parent company is structured in order to optimise human capital, various internal business processes, and lastly governance. Corporate Strategy builds on top of business strategy, which is concerned with strategic decision making for an individual business.
How do you think the global crisis due to the pandemic situation can be averted?
At present (June 2020), capital markets continue to dominate emotions, i.e. psychology of financial markets over cool, fundamental analysis. Due to the increasing scale of human infection with Coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 causing COVID-19 disease, the risk of further infections increases rapidly. Since the number of coronavirus infections is still rising rapidly in many countries, the impact of the epidemic on the economy will be very high on the global economic growth rate. The World Trade Organization has announced that a growing epidemic in many countries, on almost all continents, may already be referred to as a coronavirus pandemic. The level of uncertainty regarding the scale of the negative impact on economic processes is very high. There are no precise measures that can be used to measure the level of impact of a growing pandemic on the scale of the forecasted decline in economic growth in the global economy and in the economies of individual countries. It is only certain that this impact will be large. Many transport and tourist companies will go bankrupt. Many hotels, companies offering services related to tourism, catering services, entertainment services, cinema etc. will have serious financial problems in the coming weeks and months. In many countries, governments are launching anti-crisis financial support programs for enterprises that are already reporting declining sales revenues and have financial problems due to the development of the coronavirus epidemic. In many countries, however, the possibilities of anti-crisis economic policy of offering low-interest loans or non-repayable grants to enterprises are limited because, in many countries, after the previous global financial crisis of 2008, there are still high public debts charged to public finances. Therefore, in the context of an expanding coronavirus pandemic over the next few weeks or months, the scale of the negative effects of coronavirus on the global economy may increase significantly. Unfortunately, no one is able to accurately estimate the scale of these negative effects. The inability to quantify new risk categories causes a high level of uncertainty. Uncertainty also applies to investment decisions taken by investors and shareholders operating on financial markets, mainly capital markets, including securities markets. For a few weeks now, there has been a stock crash on the largest and many smaller stock exchanges, a panic sale of shares. The price of a barrel of oil is also falling and traded in negative off late. Equity and oil prices are currently the lowest since the previous global financial crisis. The problem is getting worse fast. The scale of stock price reductions on stock exchanges may suggest a strong break in the upward trends in previous years and may mean a change to a long-term, lasting for many months or maybe many years downward trend, a slump in the valuation of securities and many other assets valued on capital markets. Therefore, the following question becomes relevant: Can a coronavirus pandemic trigger a global economic crisis in 2020, including a recession lasting weeks or months in many countries? We only have to study the scenarios everyday and draw our plans in accordance to that, and await for the better turnaround!
What motivated you to choose this career?
Simply my passion to learn from the horses mouth, and work closely with the top line management!
How was your experience with your first job?
It was fun filled with enormous learning. I learnt a lot, got some great opportunities to know and learn from different people. It’s a moment I’ll ever cherish!
How has your job evolved over the years?
What role did your educational background play in your career?
I was able to capitalise the most I learnt through my academic life, both at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and also at Harvard Business School. It helped me understand theory and practicality on live projects I was involved with.
Describe a typical day at work for you?
Usually in Corporate Strategy and Management Consulting, days are often longer! My typical day lasts no lesser than 12-14 hours, with my activities beginning with meetings with my APAC leadership teams and ending up with division management board (involving my top line in the USA and UK) meets at 11pm IST.